Biggest Needs for Dallas Mavericks During 2014 Offseason

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Biggest Needs for Dallas Mavericks During 2014 Offseason
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After the Dallas Mavericks eked out the eighth and final playoff spot with a 49-33 record, forcing the league-best 62-20 San Antonio Spurs to seven games felt like a victory on its own. 

Though they ultimately fell 119-96 in a decisive Game 7 beatdown, the plucky Mavs answered questions about their core's ability to win while posing just as many about where the team goes next.

Dirk Nowitzki improved his Hall of Fame resume this season by passing Jerry West, Reggie Miller, Alex English, Kevin Garnett, John Havlicek, Dominique Wilkins and Oscar Robertson on the all-time scoring list, but he also expended more of the limited resources left in his tank.

Nowitzki turns 36 during the offseason, and the win-now Mavs have a lot of work left to construct a title contender in the brutally competitive Western Conference.  

Here are the five biggest needs for the Mavs this offseason.

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